A Voice For Virtual Reality: The Advocate’s Role | Accessibility VR Meetup Recap

Image Description: A11yVR with Heather Bucalos with a stethoscope around her neck

How anyone can advocate for virtual reality use in healthcare? How can they go about doing it in simple ways?

In this presentation, Heather Bucalos covered how the advocate of VR for healthcare can do the following:

  • Identify uses for VR in different healthcare settings.
  • Find solutions by identifying barriers to use.
  • How to increase the accessibility of VR for patient / healthcare use.

A two-time cancer survivor, Heather Bucalos, RN, knows firsthand of the benefits of VR for oncology patients. She used VR during her month-long hospital stay while being treated for blood cancer in 2020. During her 16-year career as a Registered Nurse, she realized the benefits of mindfulness and relaxation through teaching Lamaze classes.

The discomfort she experienced during cancer treatment led her on a search for better relief of common cancer treatment side effects. The idea to use VR during her own treatment proved beneficial for her as she is now a fierce advocate of VR in healthcare. She has pivoted to consulting in the VR for healthcare space and is excited about the way virtual reality is changing lives one headset at a time.

Here are some of the highlights from this presentation:

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